I picked up this movie at a garage sale and what a find! As an ensemble piece it really works- Hawke, Berg, Sinese, Gross blend into this unit that really works. The first scene in the snowy woods sets the mood really well. Even the initiation into sex fits into the picture, and made me wonder if Wharton had had this happen to him. The twists and turns to the plot carry the film well--I also liked that the film proceeded beyond the incident and was true to itself. Sinese is outstanding. Old men and young boys- alike find war is absurd.. the director has given us a thoughtful war movie.